Special: Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
China is holding a rich variety of exhibitions and activities on the culture of Asian countries and regions as well as exchanges among them.
The Asian Cultural Festival will open with "The Gala Evening of Asia Ballet" on Tuesday evening. Ballet performers from China, the Republic of Korea and the Philippines will perform "Swan Lake," "Don Quixote" and other classical ballets at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center.
Several exhibitions respectively showcasing cultural relics and artwork from Asian countries are open to visitors this week.
The Splendor of Asia: An Exhibition of Asian Civilizations, featuring over 400 cultural relics from 49 countries, opened Monday at the National Museum of China.
The exhibition showcases the dialogues, exchanges and mutual learning between Asian civilizations with both traditional displays and multimedia technology.
As for artwork, "Craftsmanship of Civilizations -- Exhibition of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia" will kick off on Thursday at the National Library of China (NLC). The exhibition will display the artworks of intangible cultural heritage of over 60 craftsmen from 13 countries and regions in Asia.
"We want to provide a broader platform for dialogue among Asian countries and demonstrate the glamor and vitality that Asian civilizations bring to people's life," said Xin Lu, director of the NLC's exhibition department.
Another artwork exhibition, titled "Shared Inspiration -- Asian Art Exhibition," is going on at the National Art Museum of China, showcasing 130 pieces of art, including paintings and sculptures, created by 120 artists from 41 countries.
More than 230 pieces of national treasures from Afghanistan are on display at Tsinghua University Art Museum.
A three-day Asian Culture and Tourism Exhibition helping visitors to better understand the continent's civilizations will open in Beijing Thursday.
Starting the same day, Asian Film and TV Week will showcase 60 selected Asian movies in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi'an and Guangzhou.
China will hold the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations starting from May 15 under the theme of "exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared future."
More than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asian countries and other countries outside the region will attend the opening ceremony and forums.